Luxembourg has intrigued me for years. As a child studying geography, I used to mistake it with another small and rich European country: Liechtenstein. Having now been to Luxembourg, I am still very interested to contrast it with Liechtenstein (whenever I make it there). Because I had studied the European Union from its inception until the early 2000s, I was also very interested in discovering one of the three major EU capitals.

We made the Cathedral our starting point, entering through one door and exiting through another / Nous avons fait de la Cathédrale notre point de départ, entrant par une porte et sortant par une autre

One thing I have always enjoyed about traveling Europe, is the fact that so many countries are so easily reachable, that it is possible to see many different new locales within a short time span. That is how I tacked on Luxembourg to a trip where the majority of my time was spent in Belgium, in addition to the Netherlands and France.

Stained glass in the dark Cathedral / Vitraux dans la Cathédrale sombre

The itinerary of the day in Luxembourg was pretty straightforward: my goals included seeing the major attractions and eating something good. The capital of Luxembourg is also Luxembourg, and commonly known as Luxembourg City (to clarify when speaking only about the city and not the country). Traveling there from Brussels is pretty straightforward and easy. The journey takes less than 3 hours. You can travel by train or bus, and if you have a car, you can also just drive. Some people also choose to fly in, which makes sense if you’re traveling from further away, or if you are really pressed for time.

From the Chemin de la Corniche, frequently called one of Europe’s beautiful balconies with the Neumünster Abbey visible on the right / Depuis le Chemin de la Corniche, souvent appelé l’un des plus beaux balcons d’Europe avec l’abbaye de Neumünster visible à droite

My favorite thing about Luxembourg City is that it is completely walkable. I chose to do it with a guide, but it is not at all necessary unless you want the insights and history background. It was a delight walking in and around the fortress (Bock Casemates), both above and below the city (in the part known as the Grund). While the fact that the city is on different levels may be confusing, I found it charming because my guide was able to convey a true sense of the history contained within the walls. Upon entering the city by bus, the first landmark that captured my attention was the Adolphe Bridge. The Adolphe Bridge was built to celebrate Luxembourg’s independence from The Netherlands in 1890, and is named after Grand Duke Adolphe. The first stop was the obligatory stop at Gëlle Fra (the Golden Lady), a monument built in memory of the Luxembourger soldiers who fought in the World Wars and in the Korean war.

Gëlle Fra, the Monument of Remembrance / Gëlle Fra, le Monument du Souvenir

From the Golden Lady, we entered the Notre Dame Cathedral. The stained glass inside the Cathedral is truly spectacular and I spent a few minutes admiring the detail before exiting the Cathedral toward the next stop. I remember walking just a short distance to the Grand Ducal Palace. I found it odd how easily it was to walk up to the gates of the Palace. Despite Luxembourg being one of the richest countries in the word, the area surrounding the Palace was very unassuming and plain. The Palace is located in the middle of the old town, guarded by just two guards and guided tours are frequently offered in the summer.

Standing at the entrance gate of the Grand-Ducal Palace / Debout devant la barrière du Palais Grand-Ducal

For lunch, our guide led us towards the Place d’Armes, a square in the old town, surrounded by cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops. I remember picking a restaurant haphazardly, swayed only by the fact that I saw someone enjoying some delicious looking pasta.

Lunch break / Pause déjeuner


After lunch, our guide took us all along the Chemin de la Corniche, a bridge from which excellent panoramic pictures of the city can be taken. Really, the afternoon was spent doing more walking, before heading back towards Belgium.

Such cool views from Ville Haute / Vue spectaculaire depuis la Ville Haute

 It was such a quick and easy day trip, that I believe many more people should take advantage of Luxembourg’s proximity to Germany, France and Belgium, and add it to their Europe trip. Because I went in August, our guide stated that the city was crowded, but the crowds in no way compared to the more popular European cities I visited on that trip. The weather was also very pleasant, and I learned that it tends to stay warm and nice between April and October. 

There was a lot of walking both uphill and downhill that day / Il y a eu beaucoup de marche en montée et en descente ce jour-là

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Le Luxembourg m’intrigue depuis des années. Quand j’étudiais la géographie dans mon enfance, je le confondais souvent avec un autre pays européen petit et riche: le Liechtenstein. Ayant maintenant été au Luxembourg, je suis encore toujours intéressée de le contraster avec le Liechtenstein (lorsque j’y irai). Comme j’ai étudié l’Union européenne depuis sa création jusqu’au début des années 2000, j’étais également très intéressée à découvrir l’une des trois grandes capitales de l’UE.

Deputy Chamber / Chambre des Députés

Une chose que j’ai toujours appréciée dans mes voyages en Europe, c’est que tant de pays sont si facilement accessibles, qu’il est possible de voir de nombreux nouveaux lieux différents dans un court laps de temps. C’est ainsi que j’ai pu ajouté le Luxembourg à un voyage où la majorité de mon temps s’est déroulée en Belgique, en plus des Pays-Bas et de la France.

Entrée de la ville avec le pont Adolphe / At the edge of the city near the Adolphe bridge

L’itinéraire de la journée au Luxembourg était assez simple: mes objectifs étaient de voir les principales attractions et de manger quelque chose de bon. La capitale du Luxembourg est également Luxembourg, et communément appelée Luxembourg-Ville (pour préciser lorsqu’on parle seulement de la ville et non du pays). S’y rendre depuis Bruxelles est assez simple et facile. Le trajet dure moins de 3 heures. Vous pouvez voyager en train ou en bus, et si vous avez une voiture, vous pouvez aussi simplement conduire. Certaines personnes choisissent également de prendre l’avion, ce qui est logique si vous voyagez de très loin ou si vous êtes vraiment pressé par le temps.

I snapped many random pictures of buildings that day / J’ai fait beaucoup de photos des bâtiments, maisons et immeubles de la ville

Ce que je préfère à Luxembourg-Ville, c’est que la ville est entièrement accessible à pied. J’ai choisi de le faire avec un guide, mais ce n’est pas du tout nécessaire à moins que vous ne vouliez un peu d’histoire. C’était un délice de se promener à l’intérieur et autour de la forteresse (Casemates du Bock), dans la ville haute et la ville basse (dans la partie connue sous le nom de Grund). Bien que le fait que la ville soit à différents niveaux puisse être déroutant, j’ai trouvé ça charmant car cela donnait un vrai sens de l’histoire contenue dans les murs. En entrant dans la ville en bus, le premier point de repère qui attire l’attention est le pont Adolphe. Le pont Adolphe a été construit pour célébrer l’indépendance du Luxembourg des Pays-Bas en 1890, et porte le nom du Grand-Duc Adolphe. Le premier arrêt avec notre guide a été l’arrêt obligatoire à Gëlle Fra (la Dame d’Or), un monument construit à la mémoire des soldats luxembourgeois qui ont combattu dans les guerres mondiales et dans la guerre de Corée.

Notre-Dame Cathedral, the only cathedral in Luxembourg / Cathédrale Notre-Dame, la seule cathédrale du Luxembourg

De la Dame d’Or, nous sommes entrés dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame. Les vitraux à l’intérieur de la cathédrale sont vraiment spectaculaires et j’ai passé quelques minutes à admirer les détails avant de sortir de la cathédrale vers le prochain arrêt. Je me souviens avoir parcouru une courte distance jusqu’au Palais Grand-Ducal. J’ai trouvé étrange à quel point il était facile de marcher jusqu’aux portes du Palais. Bien que le Luxembourg soit l’un des pays les plus riches du monde, la zone entourant le palais était très simple et sans prétention. Le Palais est situé au milieu de la vieille ville, gardé par seulement deux gardes et des visites guidées sont fréquemment proposées en été.

Palace balcony / Balcon du Grand Palais

Pour le lunch, notre guide nous a conduits vers la Place d’Armes, une place de la vieille ville, entourée de cafés, restaurants et boutiques de souvenirs. Je me souviens avoir choisi un restaurant au hasard, influencée uniquement par le fait que j’ai vu quelqu’un savourer ce qui me semblait être un délicieux plat de pâtes.

Lunch on the Place D’Armes / Lunch sur la Place D’Armes

Après le lunch, notre guide nous a emmenés le long du Chemin de la Corniche, un pont d’où l’on peut prendre d’excellentes photos panoramiques de la ville. En fait, l’après-midi a été consacré à faire beaucoup de marche avant de repartir vers la Belgique.

Colorful vases at the Judicial Center / Vases colorés à la Cité Judiciaire

C’était une excursion d’une journée si rapide et facile, que je pense que beaucoup plus de gens devraient profiter de la proximité du Luxembourg avec l’Allemagne, la France et la Belgique, et l’ajouter à leur voyage en Europe. Comme j’y suis allé en août, notre guide a remarqué que la ville était bondée, mais la foule ne se compare en rien à celles des villes européennes les plus populaires que j’ai visitées lors de ce voyage. Le temps était également plutôt agréable et j’ai appris qu’il a tendance à faire chaud et agréable entre avril et octobre.

The Bock Casemates / Les Casemates du Bock
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